I have always been someone that doesn’t like to sit around and wait for things to happen. I like to work and I like to feel like I am creating opportunities for myself. After moving to LA I found myself a bit frustrated. I was training constantly on my craft, marketing myself, getting headshots, auditioning, and on and on -- but the opportunities that I wanted were just a little bit out of my reach. I just wanted to act. I didn’t want to be acting on a stage in my acting class, but really acting. I didn’t move here to sit on the sidelines; I wanted to tell stories that were meaningful to me.
I had recently starting hanging out with Nicola and getting to know her. When we get together, even from the beginning, we are nonstop talkers…collaborating, dreaming, analyzing, laughing, supporting, listening, and creating. One beautiful LA night we met at the West Hollywood bar Melgard so that we could catch up over a cocktail on an outdoor patio. I don’t remember exactly how we got to it but it was like we talked about our own experiences with love, friends, and careers and somehow this story of Sunday Brunch just blossomed. The characters found their way into our conversation and we started talking about them as if they were friends of ours. Who are they, where they came from, what their vices are, and they connected or related to one another. We pulled from our past hurts, past regrets, and found pieces of ourselves in these characters. I remember feeling like time didn’t exist and I was truly in my element creating a story that meant something to me with someone I truly loved and admired…. something and someone(s) I could relate to.
Later Nicola had dinner with Sara and they started to talk about the idea that we had lost ourselves in for hours over a cocktail. Sara had the brilliant idea to have the show over Sunday Brunch. Sunday Brunch would become a character just as prevalent and important as the characters we were developing. Sunday Brunch, especially in LA, is huge cultural release…we love it! People come together over mimosas and brunch after a hike through Runyon or a night out on the town. We all do it, and we all look forward to it all week. Why not explore these characters through a cultural experience that we all love and participate in on a weekly basis? We get together over a meal and converse before heading into a stressful week of work. It’s almost like the last supper before we go back to the grind. A day that we can be the best versions of ourselves, unattached to stress or emails….a day of freedom, a day to do as we please for once. My favorite day, and in our show, my favorite character!
Sunday Brunch came at a time that we all felt restless. We were all ready to create, to learn, to explore, and to get outside of our mundane comfort zones. Collaborating with these women has been such a gift. I have learned so much about acting, producing, and working my ass off, but mostly I learned a lot about myself. I healed a little, loved a lot, and gained a beautiful group of friends. Isn’t that the purpose of Sunday Brunch?